Build your first News App (Friday)

  • Event: 2014 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Chase Davis of Star Tribune; Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times; Derek Willis of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 28 at 9:00am
  • Location: Stadium 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This mini-boot camp will walk you through the process of building a simple, useful online news application from a dataset. You will get hands-on experience in every stage of the development process, writing Python, HTML and JavaScript using version control tools. You won't stop until you've deployed a working application onto the World Wide Web. If you have a good attitude and know how to take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified for this class.

Pre-registered attendees only.

Speaker Bios

  • Chase Davis is a senior digital editor at the Star Tribune in his hometown of Minneapolis. Previously he ran the Interactive News desk at The New York Times and worked as as reporter and editor in Texas, Iowa and California. He also teaches a class in advanced data journalism at his alma mater, Mizzou. @chasedavis

  • Ben Welsh is the editor of the Data Desk, a team of reporters and computer programmers in the Los Angeles Times newsroom. He is also an organizer of the California Civic Data Coalition, an network of journalists working to open public data, and the founder of PastPages, an open-source archive dedicated to better preserving digital news.

  • Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He is a co-founder of OpenElections, a project to collect and publish election results from all 50 states.

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